Fire Prevention Tips
It is very important that all of your home or businesses smoke detectors are working properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association
, 92 percent of all homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors installed. However, one-third of these detectors do not work. A dead or missing battery is the primary cause for smoke detector failure. The Woodlands Fire Department recommends the following safety tips for smoke detectors.
- For a wall mount, place 12 inches from the ceiling.
- For a ceiling mount, place at least 12 inches from any wall.
- On high pitch ceilings, place three feet from the highest point.
- Do not install smoke detectors near any window, door, air register or ceiling fan.
- Place at least one smoke detector on each level with a minimum of one detector outside each sleeping area and one detector in each sleeping room.
- Change the battery twice a year or when chirping. We suggest you change the battery in the spring and fall when you change the time on your clock.
- Test your smoke detectors once a month.
- Vacuum the vents in the detector at least once a year.
- Always follow the manufacturers recommendations.
- The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you replace your battery-operated detector every 10 years.